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I <3 Kitschy Heart Coasters


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Made a bunch of great little heart coaster sets for Valentine's Day. Had a blast making them, they're so addicting! One evening went by so quickly I didn't even realize it was after 11 when I finished! Mark had some fun making some Mario themed ones too.

These are great little additions to Valentine's Day gifts. 4 in a set for $4! Fun way to spread some love around!

Pretty Pink and Purple Heart Pendant


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I made a nice collection of polymer pendants to add to my store for Valentine's Day. I can't quite decide on my favorite, but the simplicity of this design is pretty high up there.

Felt Pin - Valentine's Day - PulseLine


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I like little stitching projects, and felt is such a fun medium for me! Here's a great little pin I made with the inspiration of a hospital pulse monitor. It makes me feel like the heart takes a little extra jump out at you, like old cartoons where men see a pretty woman and go crazy!

Matrix Summit, 2008

I love my Matrix buddies!

From left to right, Elle, Phillip, (below) Robin and Rodsley, Randa, Eric, me, Tracy, and Isabelle.

That's Epcot Center in the lights behind us.

Homemade Turkey Lasagna


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I made this last night, yum yum yum.

Recipe?

12 lasagna noodles, precooked
1 16 oz container ricotta cheese
3 cups mozzarella grated coursely, divided
2 cups parmesean cheese grated finely, divided
1 cup chopped steamed spinach
3 cloves garlic
1 egg
1 tbsp salt
1 lb ground turkey, cooked and drained
2 to 3 cups tomato-based sauce

(Continue for instructions)

Don't need much...


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.... just a place to sit and some yarn.

My apartment's living room the day we moved in. Love those high ceilings!

Black Bean and Cheddar Tacos

I made a great tomatillo salsa that I wanted to really be able to taste in my meal, so we did a simple but delicious black bean and cheddar taco for dinner the other night. First we warmed up corn tortillas, then layered them with black beans heated with a little salt and chili powder, and shredded cheddar cheese. We topped it off with a bit of sour cream and my salsa, and I garnished with a nice little sprig of cilantro, which ended up in my tacos :) Yummy, and filling but not heavy!

Tomatillo Salsa


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Here's the tomatillo salsa I made. Would you like the recipe?

2 cups diced tomatillos, husks removed (appx. 6 to 8 sm./med.)
1 jalapeño, coarsely chopped with the seeds removed
1 lime, juice and zest
1 cup cilantro, majority of stems removed
2 tbsp salt
4 cloves of garlic, peeled

Process diced tomatillos in food processor until still chunky. Add jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, lime zest, and salt. Process in short bursts until jalapeno and garlic are not easily distinguishable. Add cilantro and process to a finer consistency, to your liking.

I used this on my Black Bean and Cheddar Tacos.

Hair and Fashion Studio

For as long as I can remember, my life has been intertwined with the fashion world. My mom taught me to sew at a very young age, around 3 or 4 years old. Over the years, I've had a hand in creating items for my own wardrobe, making things like costumes and simple pieces early on, evolving to creating my own perfect wedding dress, and finally with the introduction of unique one-of-a-kind pieces from my own fashion line, HomeGrown Fashion.

Jewelry making started as a hobby for me around age 12, and from the first series of simple beaded necklaces (my best friend Lilli still has one of them somewhere) I was completely addicted. I've spent countless hours sorting, organizing, and working with beads, and as the years have gone by I've added wire work, polymer clay, clear resin, and many other medium to the mix. In the past few years I've gotten more into creating my jewelry line in conjunction to my fashion line, and sell my pieces at HomeGrownFashion.Etsy.Com and at shows and events.

Hair styling is the newest of my loves. Though I have been having fun with my own hair color since I was a teenager, I became a licensed hair stylist in 2003. Since then, I've built a career as a Master Stylist and Color Specialist, working mostly in the greater San Francisco bay area, and currently working at Alchemy Hair Studio in San Jose, CA. Along with my career with Matrix as a Master Artistic Educator, I look forward to furthering my skill level as a stylist, creating beautiful imagery with freelance projects, and making people look and feel great!

Please, explore the links below to see more from my very creative career.

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